Posted by: KimBoland | April 9, 2014

Calling all beach lovers …….

We know many of you are concerned about the litter on our beaches.

Some of the debris our beaches, especially lately, is tidal or due to the recent storms, but with the Easter approaching and the weather (hopefully) getting warmer, our beaches will sadly, once again, become victim of the huge amount of visitor rubbish we see each summer.

The aftermath of a warm sunny weekend at Rhossili

The aftermath of a warm sunny weekend at Rhossili

Next week, we have two organised beach cleans, and we’d be grateful for any help you can give – whether its all day or just a few minutes:

Tuesday 15th April – Nicholaston – 10am-3pm. Either meet at 10am at the bridge on Oxwich beach by Nicholaston, or come along any time between 10am-3pm

Thursday 17th April – Three Cliffs Bay – In conjunction with Huw Lloyd, City & County of Swansea’s Gower AONB Ranger, and with local outdoor activity provider RipNRock, we’ll be on the beach between 10am – 3pm.

National Trust Gower own and care for 26 miles of the Gower coastline, including Rhossili Bay which has been voted Best Beach in UK by Trip Advisor for the second year running.

It doesn't take much to put this in a bag and take it home with you

It doesn’t take much to put this in a bag and take it home with you

We sometimes get asked why we don’t provide litter bins on our beaches. We are a registered charity with just two Rangers, and a team of dedicated volunteers.  Therefore, we really don’t have the manpower needed to regularly empty bins – we rely on visitors to do the right thing in taking their litter home with them.

Recently, we’ve been lucky to have employee volunteer groups out from Virgin Media, SWALEC, and also students from the Americal School in London,  Colleg Sir Gar and Gower College and Olchfa and Morriston Schools – who have helped us litter pick Gower beaches.

Gower College Swansea cleaning Tor Bay

Gower College Swansea cleaning Tor Bay

Its not just the work involved in physically picking the litter up off the beach – once its all collected, we then have to transport it back to our yard and put in skips.  These skips cost us £250 each time, and last year alone, we filled over TEN of them.

If you’re not able to make any of next week’s beach cleans but would still like to help in organising your own – please do let us know (see contact details below) and we can work with you to provide bags and litterpickers and collect the bagged rubbish afterwards.

Help us keep Gower special for everyone to enjoy!

For more information on volunteering or organising your own beach clean, please give us a call on 01792 390636 or email: gower.admin@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

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  1. One of the stretches of coastline that needs a clean the most is from oxwich point to Slade. Myself along with the staff of the Gower coast adventures lifted 30 100ltr black bags of plastic bottles off the beach a few years back. We barely made a dent in the debris. I think this beach would benefit greatly from a little bit of tlc 🙂

    • Hi James
      You’ll be pleased to know it’s on the list of beaches we will be cleaning in the next few weeks. There is a work party from the Gower Society making a start on Monday and we will be following this up with further litterpicks the week after.


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